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1. Posted by shawn_jo (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

I always enjoy going to locations and the first thing you see as you exit the plane is smiling faces as you join the immigration line, and a warm reception from the locals as you leave the airport. Of course, that is just a start, but what I really want to know from the members is where are some of the places you've been that have such friendly people?

2. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 9y

Guatemala for sure. If you can speak even a little bit of Spanish, you can strike up a conversation with anybody.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Shawn

I found Romania like that.
But I have not been there, for 9 years, so maybe it has changed.

Mel

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

The worst place to go in this respect must be Holland, esp. Amsterdam :)

I had excellent experiences with the Argentinians myself; warm, welcoming, talkative people, although the massive influx of tourists that has lately started to plague the country has some negative effects, esp. on the inhabitants of BsAs; they're slowly starting to act like the Amsterdamians :)

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

The worst place to go in this respect must be Holland, esp. Amsterdam :)

I had excellent experiences with the Argentinians myself; warm, welcoming, talkative people, although the massive influx of tourists that has lately started to plague the country has some negative effects, esp. on the inhabitants of BsAs; they're slowly starting to act like the Amsterdamians :)

Utrecht has much more friendly people of course....;)

But seriously, I found the people in Lebanon and Syria the most welcoming and friendly people I've met, without the meaning of selling something or whatever.

6. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

[quote=bentivogli]
Utrecht has much more friendly people of course....;)

But then again 90% of Utrecht is just plain ugly. (sorry, no offence).

Madrid. (at least if you speak (a little bit of) Spanish), almost everybody is smiling, and will have time for a chat, or to give you directions.

Worst places, I guess are Germany and Holland.:(

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

Quoting Utrecht

[quote=bentivogli]
Utrecht has much more friendly people of course....;)

But then again 90% of Utrecht is just plain ugly. (sorry, no offence).

Madrid. (at least if you speak (a little bit of) Spanish), almost everybody is smiling, and will have time for a chat, or to give you directions.

Worst places, I guess are Germany and Holland.:(

That's mainly Ondiep;)

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Although I found Parisians weren't at all like their grumpy stereotype, the people at the airport were the exception to the rule. I kept getting waved and pointed everywhere. Malaga was very friendly, if I remember right...

9. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

Myanmar was probably the best in our recent travels.
Being trishaw-ed through darkish Mandalay streets talking to 3 guys in motorbikes behind us (we were facing backwards).
They were so happy to talk English to tourists.

Sumba just last month was really good with kids going ape.
An absolute pleasure.

10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Easter Island definitely. :) The locals there were just so welcoming. You can see them all as you're getting off the planes holding flower garlands for tourists visiting or for their relatives coming home. :)

It's a really nice feeling instead of arriving in a big unfriendly hub like Stansted or Newark.